Willie Udube: We’ve learnt our lessons from Al Merrikh defeat


Chief Coach of Rivers United, Willie Udube has said his team have learnt their lessons after their 2-0 win over Rayon Sports in the CAF Confederation Cup qualifying round first leg fixture in Port Harcourt put them in a good position to progress to the next round going into the second leg.

Goals from Emeka Atuloma and Guy Kuemian in each half was enough for the Pride of Rivers to stamp a foothold in this round of 32 tie ahead of the second-leg in Kigali next weekend.

Having won 3-0 in the first leg play-off round of the CAF Champions League against Al Merrikh at the Yakubu Gowon stadium in Port Harcourt, Rivers United were thrashed 0-4 by the Sudanese side in the return leg losing 3-4 on aggregate thereby dropping down to Africa’s second tier club competition.

Udube speaking at the post match interview was asked if his team would not throw away their 2 goal lead in Kigali as was the case in Sudan, Udube replied:

“The Sudan experience against Al-Merrikh has taught us a lot. We won 3-0 in Port Harcourt and lost by 4 goals in Sudan, so we now understand that we have to work extra hard so as not to throw away our lead.

“Every game is a different scenario, and we are confident we would beat Rayon Sports in Kigali.

“I must admit we are under pressure to deliver as our fans are expectant”.

Rivers United will next week travel to Kigali for the return leg with the winner on aggregate progressing to the group stages of the CAF Confederations Cup.

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